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Vermont fans cheer on US soccer team

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World Cup fever took over the Green Mountain State Thursday as the United States played a crucial game against Germany.

Even though the game was at noon, that did not stop people from getting together and watching the game that's popularity has sky rocketed over the past couple of years.

It was a sea of red, white and blue at Ri Ra's Irish pub in downtown Burlington.

U.S. soccer fans, energized after a big win against Ghana and a hard fought tie against Portugal geared up to watch the quick footed athletes take on powerhouse Germany.

Over in Brazil the U.S. team faced a near washout.

"Everyone knows the Germans are probably faster, a little more skilled overall so I think the rain helps the U.S. It will slow them down a little bit," said Nick Ha'', an avid soccer fan.

But inside the bars in America it was warm and dry. Ri Ra's said the pub was the most crowded it has ever been for a U.S. soccer game.

Derek Gannon is President of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Outlaws, the unofficial U.S. soccer team supporters group. He attributes Thursday’s crowds to soccer's growing popularity in the U.S.

"I've grown up with the game and so I've been watching it since '94 when it was in the U.S. and seeing it come from there to here is just absolutely phenomenal," said Gannon.

Fans say the growth of youth soccer has fueled the number of fans in the U.S.

So even though the game fell right in the middle of a work day, that U.S. goal never came, but the U.S. and the fans will still advance on to the next round.

"Would have preferred a win or a tie but we made it," said Gannon.

It's a group of fans that never forget to believe which has truly become the U.S. motto during the World Cup. The U.S. is moving on to face Belgium or Algeria in the next round.

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